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Radio Smart Talk: Cyber espionage and security; new book on Agnes flood

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 25, 2013 8:00 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, February 25:

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A secret Chinese military unit, based in Shangai, has been accused of conducting cyberattacks against more than 140 American companies.  The hackers were allegedly targeting "broad categories of intellectual property, including technology blueprints, proprietary manufacturing processes, test results, business plans, pricing documents, partnership agreements and emails and contact lists from the the businesses' leadership."

How did the cyber spies do it and what can be done to protect American business, government, or military networks?

Michael Wright, who is on the corporate faculty at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to explain.

Also, Tropical Storm Agnes and the resulting flood is one of the most significant events in Central Pennsylvania history.  A new book that tells the story of the storm is on sale Monday.  Tropical Storm Agnes in Greater Harrisburg is written by Erik Fasick, who will be a guest on Monday's program.

What do you remember about Tropical Storm Agnes?

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Erik Fasick, author of "Tropical Storm Agnes in Greater Harrisburg," talks about some of the most striking images he included in his book.


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  • Lisa img 2013-02-25 19:46

    My family lived in Westmoreland County during Agnes. Even that far west the rain and flooding was unbelievable. I was only 5, but I remember it vividly. We had severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. I remember having to go to our basement, which was thankfully dry, many times because of the tornadoes. There were 3 roads in to the small town I lived in: one was under water and the other two were blocked by fallen trees. We lost electric about day 2 when lightning struck the transformer on a pole that was in our yard. That was the best part - my dad said the icecream wouldn't hold and we would have to eat it all. It was strawberry. We used kerosene lanterns for the duration of Agnes and had to set buckets outside for water to flush the toilet. We pumped potable water from our neighbors well since they had a hand pump. Every day I would walk with my dad down to where the creek was flooding the road in to town and we would see how much higher it had risen. The homes near the creek had their first floors flood and I remember neighbors moving everyones furniture up to the second floor the day before they flooded. Most of all I remember the rain - I thought it would never end!